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Exclusive – Sanchez will not solve Arsenal’s same old problems, claims Campbell

first_imgAlexis Sanchez will not solve the problems Arsenal suffered from last season, according to former Gunners striker Kevin Campbell.The Chile World Cup star’s arrival in the Premier League has generated plenty of excitement at the Emirates, with many believing the £35million signing from Barcelona can help transform Arsene Wenger’s side into title challengers.But Campbell feels the French manager has once again failed to strengthen his squad in the areas that need it most.Asked by the Weekend Sports Breakfast whether Arsenal were in a stronger position than last season, Campbell said: “No, I don’t think so to be honest. Alexis Sanchez is a fantastic signing but I don’t think the problems have really been addressed.“I like the Calum Chambers signing but he’s going to take a bit of time to bed in. The two main problems were the centre of the pitch and a noted goalscorer, and they haven’t addressed that problem.“If you struggled against the top boys and you don’t address the problems, then you can’t expect a different result. In my opinion, the problems are still there – centre of the pitch and at the top of the pitch. That noted goalscorer and that power in midfield, Arsenal still lack it.”It has been mooted in some quarters that Sanchez could operate as a central striker when Olivier Giroud needs to be rested, but Campbell believes the Chilean forward lacks the attributes for that a role.“Coming from Barcelona is different to playing in the Premier League. Sanchez is going to get a lot more physical pressure against him, so I don’t see him as being a centre forward who can take the hits. I don’t see him being that central striker.”last_img read more

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